Last Updated on 04/22/2019 by Mark Beckenbach
Do you have a strong interest in smartphone photography? Here’s some gear to help you take it to the next level.
Whoever thought we would be taking credible photographs on the same device we call our mothers on? Well someone did, hence why smartphone photography has become its own popular sub-genre. With that, it’s hardly a surprise that photography companies have created a plethora of accessories to help boost your smartphone photography experience. From lenses to tripods, mini LED’s to ring lights, smartphone photography can just about offer the same experience as the more traditional DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras. In this list, we have something for everyone. And don’t worry if you’re not an iPhone or Samsung user – we’ve got you covered too.
Below are seven accessories to help you build on your enthusiasm.
Fancy your hand at studio photography? Do you want to see what kind of portraits your smartphone camera can help you create? You’re going to need to ensure your subjects are properly lit. The LOKFWORLD ringlight comes complete with a smartphone holder, allowing you to place it perfectly in the center of the light.
Owners of the LOKFWORLD ringlight have described it as compact and easy to carry around. The light itself is 14 inches around and works at 100w power – it also gives you the option of being able to change the color temperature in order to fit the aesthetic you’re looking for.
You can purchase the ringlight here.
Manfrotto PIXI Mini
If you like capturing a beautiful landscape but want something more stable than your hands, then the Manfrotto PIXI Mini will be perfect for you. Weighing only 190 grams you won’t even notice carrying it around. It comes with a maximum height of 13cm, giving your photography an interesting perspective. So say goodbye to shaky hands, and hello to some photographic stability!
Grab it here for only $25.
Over the past five years, Moment has become highly regarded for their smartphone attachment lenses. They offer a range of lenses that cover wide-angle, telephoto, macro, and fisheye. Their latest models are compatible with iPhone, Samsung, Google and OnePlus devices. We’ve written on these lenses in the past and have been happy with the image quality – when used in the right circumstances.
Visit their website to see their full range of products and to find the right lens for you.
Pictar Mark II
If you’re used to the ergonomics of a DSLR then moving over to a smartphone camera can feel a little strange. Pressing the shutter release on a screen may feel rather alien. So whilst you’re looking to move more into smartphone photography, you may want the tried and tested feel of your old camera. This is where the Pictar Mark II comes in.
This piece of kit simply allows you to slide your smartphone into it and then acts as a grip and shutter release. To move you completely away from the touch screen, the Pictar Mark II has a zoom ring, allowing you to smoothly get closer to your subject. Note, however, this doesn’t give you additional zoom capabilities like the Hasselblad True Zoom and can only zoom as far as your Smartphone allows.
You can find one for iPhone and Android devices here.
Fujifilm INSTAX Share SP-2 Mobile Printer
Here’s a thought. Imagine you’re doing some street portraits with people that pass you by. Rather than exchanging details so you can give them a digital version of themselves, you’re able to give them a physical photograph. If only that were possible!
Oh, well what do you know; look at this – the Fujifilm INSTAX Share SP-2 Mobile Printer. This smart bit of kit allows you to instantly send images from your smartphone (through an app) and print them straight away! You can print images in a resolution of 800×600 pixels and 320dpi. Heck, charge them a few bucks for the privilege and you may have yourself a little side business!
You can purchase the Fujifilm INSTAX Share SP-2 Mobile Printer here for only $79.90!
If you need some continuous light whilst out doing a location shoot, then you need the Bower IBO-LED50. We’re thinking an underground carpark, with some edgy urban subjects – you know the scene. The Bower IBO-LED50 comes with 50 LEDs and wonderfully lights up any subject. It has eight levels of brightness and comes with all the accessories you need to attach it firmly to your smartphone.
You can purchase the Bower IBO-LED50 here.
As you can see there are plenty of gadgets and accessories available. Not only are the above products credible for improving your smartphone photography, they also assist in making it lots of fun. So if you’re enjoying the practice but looking to mix things up, why not add to your gear with these seven great accessories.
Images were taken from screenshots of the original source.